Reset/Erase iPhone without Apple ID Even Find My iPhone is On

Last Updated on September 15, 2021 by Ian McEwan

Want to reuse an old iPhone but find it lagging or freezing constantly? Or maybe you’re going to sell your iPhone or you just bought a secondhand device, and you want to erase all the information in it. Then the best thing you can do is to reset the iPhone.

Would it be Possible to Reset iPhone/iPad without Apple ID/Password? Even Find My iPhone is On?

Sure. For some reason, people may lose track of the Apple ID and Password and get stuck in resetting iPhone. So, in this article, we are going to show you a few ways to reset the iPhone without Apple ID and Password. Whether Find My iPhone is on or off on the device, you can surely get it done by following the guides below.

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Reset iPhone without Apple ID/Password When Find My iPhone is Off

Option 1: Reset iPhone without Apple ID and Password with 4uKey

When it comes to how to reset iPhone without Apple ID and password, Tenorshare 4uKey can help a lot. With this professional Apple ID removal tool and locked screen bypasser, you can easily reset and erase an iPhone in a few clicks.

Step 1. Launch 4uKey on your PC

First, download and install the Tenorshare 4ukey on your computer.
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On the main interface, you will see the two options: Unlock Lock Screen Passcode and Unlock Apple ID. Please select the Unlock Apple ID.4uKey Unlocer Apple ID

Step 2. Connect iPhone to PC 

Next, plug your iPhone to a computer using a USB cable. Please use an appropriate USB cable for your device to prevent glitches.

The software will prompt you to unlock the screen.

To proceed, tap on the Trust button on your iPhone. You will be required to type your passcode to confirm the procedure.

Step 3. Start to unlock apple id

When the screen displays the Unlock Apple ID feature, click on the Start button to continue.

When Find My iPhone is disabled, the program will remove Apple ID and reset your iPhone automatically.


If your iPhone is running iOS 10.2 to iOS 11.4, you can use this tool to reset iPhone when Find My iPhone is enabled.

In that case, the screen will inform you to reset your iPhone settings.

To do this, please go to the Settings menu, tap on “General”, then choose “Reset”.

Click on “Reset All Settings”. You may be required to enter your passcode.

Please note that by resetting the device, Tenorshare 4uKey will erase the Apple ID. Also, do not unplug your device while the process is ongoing. Doing so may damage the iOS system.

You will be notified once the reset is finished. By then, you have successfully reset your iPhone without using an Apple ID.

Option 2: Reset iPhone without Apple ID via iTunes by Entering DFU Mode

Without using your iPhone passcode, you may reset your device using iTunes. For this method, please read the guidelines down below.

Step 1. Launch iTunes and attach the device

To reset the iPhone using iTunes, you will need to access your device by connecting it to your computer.

For this, please make sure that you will be using a suitable USB cable to prevent future glitches. Also, please ensure that your Find My iPhone is disabled.

Step 2. Enter DFU Mode/Recovery Mode

For the first step, please turn off your device.

Next, long-press the Home button. This will put your device into the Device Firmware Update mode. This process will reload the software and the firmware of your device. To restore an iPhone without an Apple ID using the DFU method is usually the last organic resort for troubleshooting an iDevice.

To continue, press and hold the Power and Home button for approximately 10 seconds. Then, release the power button and retain holding the home button. When you see the Apple logo disappear, it means that you have successfully put your iPhone into DFU mode. Click to learn more about how to enter DFU Mode here.

However, if you find the above-mentioned process too complicated, there is another option that you can try.
Tenorshare Reiboot – the World’s No. 1 Free iOS Recovery Mode Tool can put your iPhone into Recovery Mode in just on click.

Step 3. Reset iPhone

On your computer, iTunes will display a notice when it detects that your device is in recovery mode.

Then, you can reset your iPhone. To continue, click OK > Summary > Restore iPhone. You will be notified once the reset is complete, and your iPhone will automatically restart.

Option 3: Reset iPhone without Apple ID and Password via Setting

Apple has designed its devices with a built-in feature of a factory reset. This method will automatically erase all the existing data and return the device to its original settings.

  • For starters, navigate to the Settings icon, then tap General and find the Reset option from the bottom, and choose the Erase All Contents and Settings.
  • To avoid erasing your iPhone mistakenly, you will need to confirm your request by tapping “Erase Now“,  typing in your iPhone passcode, and taping on the “Erase iPhone” button twice to finish.

How to Reset iPhone Without Apple ID Password When Find My iPhone is On

If Find My iPhone has been turned on, you will need to input Apple ID and Password when you try to reset the iPhone with iTunes or Settings. With 4ukey, you can successfully erase the iPhone in the beginning, but when you come to the setup part, you still need to activate this iPhone by entering the Apple ID and password that were used to set up this device before.

So, how on earth to reset iPhone without Apple ID password when Find My iPhone is on?

First, you can still use 4uKey to reset your iPhone by using the Unlock Lock Screen Passcode module. Then, base on the above procedure, you need an iCloud Activation lock removal tool to bypass the activation lock. You can use Tenorshare 4MeKey here to make it works.


The following operation can help reset your iPhone without Apple ID & Password when Find My iPhone is on. BUT, by doing so,  you won’t be able to make a phone call, connect to the cellular network or log in iCloud with other Apple account again, otherwise, the iPhone will be locked out again.

But logging in the App Store/ iTunes & App Store with a new account is fine.

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  2. Then connect the iPhone to the PC via a USB cable. Do not disconnect the device during the proceeding, or your iPhone may get bricked.
  3. From the program interface, click the Start button, then tick the agreement and click the Next button. Now, A jailbreak tool will download automatically.
  4. Click on the Start Jailbreak button and follow the onscreen instruction to jailbreak and bypass the activation lock step by step.

The whole process may take half an hour to 50 minutes depending on the speed of your network and your computer’s specs.

After all these, you can set up the iPhone as a new one. Even sometimes you will come to the login interface during the setup, just simply hit the “Forget password or don’t have an Apple ID?” to get through.

[Workaround]Reset Apple ID/ Apple ID Password

If you want to reset your iPhone but you just can’t recall the information of your Apple account, here are some useful tips for you to perform an Apple ID or password reset.

How to reset Apple ID?

Open the Apple ID site from your web browser. Then enter your information like, your first name, last name, and the email address that is associated with your Apple ID.

Next, you can choose to “Recover by Email” or “Answer security questions”. Then you can reset your Apple ID and password. And TA-dah! You have successfully reset your Apple ID.

Here are more other methods to help you do so. Please check “If you forgot your Apple ID” from the Apple Support.

How to reset Apple Password?

Go to then click the Forget Apple ID or Password?  under the Manage your Apple account section.

From the new page, you should Enter your Apple ID to get started. Then select the options to reset your password and choose to “Answer security questions“. Follow the step by step instruction to reset your password. IF you can’t recall the answer to the security questions, there are other options, like reset by getting an email or reset password with a Recovery Key.

For more information, you can check “If you forgot your Apple ID password” here.